Discover the beautiful Gulf of the Poets area on the Italian Riviera di Levante: starting from the city of La Spezia one reaches the pearls of the Gulf such as Lerici, Fiascherino, Tellaro and Porto Venere. The landscape is made of sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, lush Mediterranean vegetation and priceless views over the sea and the charming fishing villages, their churches and medieval castles. A stretch of land loved and described by artists and poets around the world. Your starting point for the hiking excursions will be a fine hotel in Fiascherino, a tiny seaside village with excellent fish restaurants, free and equipped beaches and fabulous bays.
Hotel Rosa dei Venti*** - Fiascherino, Lerici
The Hotel Rosa dei Venti has 25 rooms and 1 suite with sea view terrace. All rooms are furnished with taste and style and offer modern comforts such as private bath with shower, TV, telephone, safety box, minibar, and almost all rooms have a private balcony. One can admire the view of the Gulf of Poets with Portovenere and its picturesque church, the islands Palmaria, Tinetto and Tino with its romantic lighthouse. The hotel features free Wifi, solarium, independent air-conditioning and heating, private parking, lift, rooms for disabled. The restaurant serves aperitifs, take away, pizza, salads and homemade local dishes. Just below the hotel, guests can rent sun loungers and use the outdoor pool in one of the beach clubs.
Program 3 nights /4 days:
1° day: Get acquainted with the area and hike to Lerici
Check-in at the booked hotel and receive your welcome package containing information about the territory, the roadbook for the hikes and all necessary vouchers.
If the arrival time allows it, we suggest discovering the immediate surroundings by doing a first walking tour this afternoon. You start directly from the hotel and follow the Liguria trail all the way to Lerici. Enjoy spectacular views over the Gulf of Poets, especially at sunset, and an atmosphere of peace and harmony. The path winds through olive groves, orange and lemon gardens. Lerici is a small seaside town with elegant restaurants and hotels, yet
there are still fishermen and one can buy freshly caught fish. Be sure to take a picture of the medieval castle of Lerici.
Walking time: 2 hours.
2° day: Portovenere and Palmaria Island
This morning you will take the local bus for a short ride down to the harbor of Lerici. From there, you board on the ferry boat to Portovenere. This gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the Gulf of Poets from the sea. Once in Portovenere, you change the boat and within a few minutes, you reach the Island “Palmaria” where the hike is planned to start.
Palmaria is the largest of three islands in the Gulf of La Spezia and it is car-free. It is covered by typical Mediterranean vegetation and features pine and oak trees, sandy beaches, high cliffs overhanging the water and many caves. There are a few buildings of a military character and of great historical interest: Fort Count of Cavour, now used as experimental environmental education center and several bunkers submerged by vegetation. Remarkable is the presence of an abandoned quarry, once used for the extraction of the precious black marble with streaks of gold. This trail offers some fantastic panoramic views over the vast open sea, as well as on the other two islands and the beautiful church of San Pietro di Porto Venere. In the afternoon, it is time to reward yourself with a dip into the sea or a relaxed stroll through Porto Venere tasting a delicious ice-cream before heading back to Lerici by ferry boat.
Walking time: 3,5 hours.
3° day: Montemarcello Park and wine tasting
Today, you start again directly from the hotel, hiking into the area of the Natural Park of Montemarcello, above Lerici and Tellaro. The path leads through fragrant Mediterranean macchia, broom and strawberry trees, and provides numerous magnificent views over the sea and the islands of Palmaria and Tino. You will pass Tellaro, Zanego, the Botanical Garden on Mount Murlo and reach the picturesque village Montemarcello. This small, medieval settlement is characterized by narrow streets, colorful houses and lovely squares decorated with lush flowers. Sitting on top of the Caprione promontory, it offers you a 360-degree view over the Gulf of La Spezia, the river Magra and its valley, the Apuane Alps and the long coastline of Tuscany. No wonder
it was elected in 2007 among “The 100 Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.
From there, the hiking trail leads downhills, still giving free gorgeous views and ending in Bocca di Magra, right on the Magra river. You can relax and observe some of the most beautiful sailing boats and motor yachts in its marina. Later in the afternoon, a car with driver will pick you up and you will visit one of the most famous wineries of this region. The main grape variety in this part of Liguria is Vermentino. You will have a guided tour through the estate and learn about the history of this farm, the wine growing methods, see the private wine museum and certainly taste some of its wines.
Walking time: 4 hours.
Check-out and departure. Or extend your stay, we will be happy to advise you.
Itinerary suggestions for an extended stay:
- hike from Castelnuovo to Ortonovo overlooking the Magra Valley
- hike in the mysterious Lunigiana region famous for its numerous castles and high mountain peaks
- hike a section of the Pilgrim route “Francigena” for instance from Pontremoli to Aulla
Price valid for stays from April 1 to November 3, 2019, except July and August.
* 3 nights in double room with breakfast in Hotel Rosa dei Venti***, Fiascherino
* Roadbook with description of suggested hiking itineraries, map of the territory
* Tickets for public bus from the hotel to the port of Lerici and back
* Ferry boat from Lerici to Porto Venere and back
* Ferry boat from Porto Venere to Palmaria Island and back
* Transfer service in car with driver from Bocca di Magra to the winery and back to the hotel
* Visit of winery and tasting of 3 wines and some local products
* city tax, to be paid directly to the hotel.
* Transfer services and everything not mentioned under “included services”
Supplement for half board: € 35 per day (3 course dinner, water included, wines not included)
Supplement for single room, three-bed or four-bed-rooms: on request.
Supplement for stays in July and August: on request.
→ Best period for hiking is from March to June and from September to October. In the summer time, remember to bring enough drinking water. You need to be fit and to bring suitable clothes and shoes for hiking.
→ the indicated walking times do not include eventual breaks for a picnic or photo sessions.
→ price changes of entrance fees or public transportation services are outside our responsibility and will be passed down.
* transfer service from / to airports
* extra nights and more walking tours on request
* We offer a variety of shared tours which can be booked in addition to the package, for example:
a guided tour with a winegrower, a cooking class, a sunset boat tour, another wine tasting, a pesto class lesson, kayak rentals etc.
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|Spoken languages :||English, Italian|